Thursday, April 09, 2009

Billy Bob Thornton: I, not an actor

Given that he's not the greatest musician, you might have thought that Billy Bob Thornton would have been delighted that CBC's Jian Ghomeshi reminded the audience that he was also known for being an actor.

Nope. Cue a petulant bout of babying from Thornton:

Ghomeshi: Billy Bob, you guys formed only in the last couple years, right?

Thornton: I don't know what you're talking about.

Ghomeshi: How so?

Thornton: I don't know what you mean by that.

Ghomeshi: When did the band form?

Thornton: I'm not sure what that means.
Ghomeshi: You would prefer me to only do this interview not mentioning at all, just to clarify, at all that you've ever done anything in terms of acting, screenwriting.

Thornton: That's correct.

Ghomeshi: Part of the attention that you are getting is because of the great career you've had in other ways. What I'm explaining is, I'm not trying to be insulting to your musical ...

Thornton: What I'm explaining is that we said do not talk about s--t like that. And we also said that we didn't want to hear anything about how this is my first love. You wouldn't say that to Tom Petty, would you? "I understand music is your first love." Well, my first love was a chick named Lisa Cone. You know what I mean?

Well, perhaps not, Billy - although you might ask Petty "was music always your first love" - but given that you've only got people listening to your terrible music because you first made a name for yourself making movies, it's not like you're Tom Petty, is it? It's a fair question, surely: if you really always wanted to make music, isn't it curious that you made Bad Santa first?

Of course, suggestions that Thornton was behaving like a petulant jerk were quickly swatted away by his damage-limitation squad:
Thornton's publicist, Arnold Robinson, disputes suggestions that what followed was a breakdown by the actor -- hmmm, musician.

He "simply elected not to engage with the interviewer because of the direction of the interview from the outset," Robinson told CNN. Thornton took the reference to his movie career as an insult to his musical endeavor.

You know who else was like that? The Singing Postman. He was always telling interviewers to screw themselves - "why do you keep asking me about delivering letters? Why? Why?"


Anonymous said...

The unedited podacast is available here:

and shows just how much of a knob-end Billy-Bob came across as.

Anonymous said...

What an Ass!

Anonymous said...

Way to stand up for what you believe in and look like you are suffering from past drug binges. He compares himself to Tom Petty. Tom Petty was never an actor who decided to dabble in music. The reason he did such a great job playing a mentally handicapped person in Slingblade is because he is one.

Peter S. said...

Why don't we ask Petty that question? Because love 'im or hate 'im, he has a large back catalog of albums that answers the question for us. You, Billy Bob, have a back catalog of . . . oh wait. You're an actor, aren't you?

Now, if they kept asking questions about Angelina Jolie or Laura Dern he'd have a right to whine. As it is, he ought to bow down and grovel at the feet of his acting career, without which he'd be playing a crappy biker bar in Barstow.

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